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Verse Simmonds

Verse Simmonds debuted on the Interscope label in 2009 with "Buy You a Round (Up and Down)," a cocky, percussion-heavy club single that failed to chart but enabled the upcoming singer, songwriter, and occasional MC to tour extensively. In December of that year, R. Kelly released Untitled, an album containing a song Simmonds co-wrote, "Crazy Night." The Puerto Rico-born, Virgin Islands-raised native of Atlanta, Georgia was released from his recording contract, but his behind-the-scenes work advanced beside partner Sham with Rihanna's "Man Down" (from Loud) and Kanye West and Jay-Z's "Who Gon Stop Me" (from Watch the Throne). After signing with Bu Vision, a Def Jam-affiliated boutique label run by Akon's brother Bu Thiam, Simmonds released the 2011 single "Boo Thang" (featuring Kelly Rowland). Simmonds then self-released the six-track EP A Sextape Chronicle in 2012 and released another Bu Vision single, the Mtume-sampling "Fully Loaded" (featuring Young Jeezy), in 2013.

Born in Puerto Rico but raised in St. Thomas
In high school, Verse would perform in local talent shows with a group of fellow singers – his friends Iggy, Pressure, and Theron
They called themselves 2 Xtreme and would sing for hire for Valentine’s Day lovers or at special events
After graduating from high school, Verse moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where he met a young producer/songwriter/engineer named Shama Joseph
The two hit it off immediately and formed the production team, the Jugganauts
In 2003, they moved to Los Angeles to work on several major label projects
A few years later, a phone call from childhood friend Theron Thomas and his brother Timothy Thomas – a.k.a. the singing/songwriting duo, “Rock City” – convinced the Jugganauts to relocate to Atlanta, where they began working with the likes of Akon and super-producer Rodney Jerkins


Hip Hop/RNB

Boo Thang (feat. Kelly Rowland)

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